Four-year-old broke, fixed my math clock

I’ve been gifted a steady stream of math clocks over the years, including a really transcendental one that has been in my dining room for quite a while. I didn’t realize how often I used it to check the time until my four-year-old broke the hands off one recent day. (“I wanted to see what happens when you bend them back and forth,” he explained, but I digress.)

The purpose of this blog is to document the *fix* for this failure that we developed together:
clock
“What time is it?”, I inattentively asked myself as a kid came down the stairs this morning. Perfect answer!

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New book on Probabilistic Programming

This crossed my inbox recently:

The e-book is available now from https://www.manning.com/books/practical-probabilistic-programming. The print version will be available on Friday.

>From the cover:

Practical Probabilistic Programming introduces the working programmer to probabilistic programming. In it, you’ll learn how to use the PP paradigm to model application domains and then express those probabilistic models in code. Although PP can seem abstract, in this book you’ll immediately work on practical examples, like using the Figaro language to build a spam filter and applying Bayesian and Markov networks, to diagnose computer system data problems and recover digital images.

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Journal Club: Reducing Bias in Academic Search Committees

Short article from the kick-off of a new IHME journal club, with a focus on diversity and health disparities: [link]

Topics that bubbled up in discussion: composition of search committees, pipeline issues and other barriers to attracting diverse candidates, the scale of the problem with systemic racism.

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Journal Club: Ten Frequently Asked Questions About Implicit Measures and Their Frequently Supposed, But Not Entirely Correct Answers

Second edition of the Diversity Lunch Discussion journal club, with a focus on the Implicit Association Test. Many participants also *took* an IAT—Rose suggests you try taking the Race IAT before our discussion tomorrow: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html

So much knowledge and expertise in this group.

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Websearch for Text Clustering

Here are some interesting results:

http://datascience.stackexchange.com/questions/979/algorithms-for-text-clustering

http://www.charuaggarwal.net/text-cluster.pdf

Anything I should add to my reading list?

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CT4GH: Algorithmic Thinking

Pairs well with pseudocode exercise, despite irrelevance: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Qouj-ZxcPVmYehvIvLGnNV0X_4E_9YNyjXEeCOmmBaI/edit

Is there some GH relevant *thing* that they can build, instead of messing around with legos? Maybe I can get some tech device that requires assembly, like those solar water filtration things.

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CT4GH: Pseudocode

Pseudocode Guide: https://docs.google.com/document/d/14x2S42cQ4J20uKRc_2LxrM-u39LE6j3M5FVCdQx5Jg8/edit

Suggests 3 examples are are not particularly relevant to health science. Alternative example: prescriptions, with examples (and a formal language, as well) from POP-PL work http://users.eecs.northwestern.edu/~sfq833/resources/papers/GPCE_POP-PL_2015.pdf

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